With 400,000 people moving to Florida each year, it is critical to maintain a healthy balance between the need for new homes, retail locations and amenities with environmental preservation.
Watch this video to learn more about wetland mitigation and how it is used as a tool to achieve balance.
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What are the benefits of
Several regulatory agencies and trained scientists effectively and efficiently balance our state’s growth with the need for environmental protection.
“Agencies at each level review developmental permits to make sure they adhere to regulations and that they result in the least amount of impact to the environment as possible. If you remove environmental values and functions, your mitigation, which is scored on the same principles, has to replace those same environmental values and functions, point for point.”
Board member Southwest Florida Water Management District and environmental scientist.
What’s happening at Harbor Sound now?
Harbor Sound is a piece of land located on Anna Maria Sound that is a future 4-home subdivision. The land owner has received all applicable permits necessary to construct the first of four homes and intends to begin construction in the coming few months.
The owners will be constructing the first home on a piling supported foundation, eliminating the need to discharge fill into jurisdictional waters. This is a benefit for all stakeholders involved. This is a common, and well-established construction method. Examples can be found in areas like Cedar Key on Florida’s “Nature Coast” and in the Florida Keys.
Mitigation banking provides a regionally significant system. It’s a very good option for offsetting unavoidable impacts to wetlands.Alec Hoffner
What are the benefits?
- Safety from sedimentation
- The limitation of the boundaries
- Habitat for marine life
- Preservation of the Army Corps of Engineer’s jurisdictional boundary
THERE WILL BE NO DEVELOPMENT IN WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER JURISDICTION OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
By the time we get a permit, many entities have reviewed the plan. It’s not the developer or the land owner making the final call, it’s the regulatory agency. A lot of thought goes into establishing functional loss, and many scientists have a chance to review it before the permit is issued.Alec Hoffner